PORT KEMBLA BEACH (Sunday, 10 April 2016): The final day of the Subway® Surf Series Pro Junior saw an amazing day of action with Ethan Ewing (Point Lookout, Qld) being crowned the 2016 World Surf League (WSL) Australasian Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) Champion and Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW) and Harley Ross-Webster (Curl Curl, NSW) taking event victories in the punchy-two foot waves at Port Kembla Beach.
After taking out four consecutive WSL Australasian JQS events in a row - including three Subway® Surf Series Pro Junior events and the NIB Pro Junior at Merewether - Ewing mathematically could not be toppled from claiming the WSL JQS Title. Despite being knocked from the event in the third round, Ewing remained in high-spirits and is now shifting his focus to a run of WSL Qualifying Series (QS) events overseas.
“It’s been a busy start to 2016 and it’s easily the busiest I’ve ever been, but I’m so stoked on the results I’ve got so far,” said Ewing. “This was my goal coming into 2016. I only won one Pro Junior event in 2015 and I knew I really wasn’t focused enough and I learnt you need to take every heat seriously and worked on my consistency. I’ll be looking to hit the QS events over the rest of the year and hopefully I can keep the roll going.”
Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW) added her fourth JQS victory for 2016 to her portfolio, taking out the Junior Womens division. Callaghan surfed on point over the entirety of the event, posting the three highest wave scores of the division, including a near-perfect 9.25 (out of a possible 10 points) in her round one exchange. Callaghan carried the same form into the final against Alysse Cooper (Queenscliff, NSW), posting a heat total of 13.35 (out of a possible 20 points) courtesy of her razor sharp turns and gouges.
“This win gives me a lot of confidence going into the final Subway Pro Junior event at Cronulla,” said Callaghan. “I set myself the goal to win the Australasian Junior Qualifying Series so I could get into the World Junior Titles and this win gives me a good edge. Hopefully I can seal the deal at the final event at Cronulla.”
Harley Ross-Webster (Curl Curl, NSW) nabbed his first Pro Junior victory of his career, taking out the Junior Mens final. Ross-Webster synced his repertoire perfectly to the punchy righthanders on offer, amassing a heat total of 13.75. When the final hooter sounded, Ross-Webster took the victory ahead of Illawarra local Luke Wrice (Coledale, NSW) by a 0.55 margin.
“This is my first Pro Junior victory. I’ve gotten close a handful of times, but I’m just so stoked to have cracked the victory,” said Ross-Webster. “There were some fun waves today and I think it definitely helped me to get the win as I was actually able to do a few decent turns.”
Alysse Cooper (Queenscliff, NSW) showed moments of brilliance in the Junior Womens final, but was unable to find the required 7.50 wave score needed to take the victory from Callaghan.
“I was just happy to make the final,” said Cooper. “ I had a few really tough heats and I was over the moon to get through those. A massive lull came through in the final and it threw my tactics out a little.”
Luke Wrice (Coledale, NSW) took his second runner-up finish of the 2016 Subway Surf Series, falling victim to Harley Ross-Webster in the Junior Mens final. Wrice performed a mix of innovative aerials and powerful turns, but fell slightly short of the victory.
“I came a lot closer in this final compared to my other runner-up finish on the Gold Coast,” said Wrice. “I’ve been sick for the majority of last week, so to get through a few heats definitely felt good. Hopefully, I can carry the momentum into Cronulla.”
The WSL sanctioned Subway® Pro Junior events, which includes 18 and under men’s and women’s divisions, form part of the 2016 WSL Australasian Junior Qualifying Series (JQS), providing the winning athletes with an opportunity to win a coveted world title, at the WSL World Junior Championships in early 2017.
The Subway® Surf Series is proudly supported by WSL, Surfing NSW, Surfing Australia and Billabong. For further information please contact: Kerin Heatley, Subway PR 0404 831 253 Ethan Smith, Surfing NSW Media Manager 0432 149 887 Will Hayden-Smith, WSL Australasia Tour Manager 0411 820 620
Junior Mens Final 1 – Harley Ross-Webster (Curl Curl, NSW) 13.75 heat total 2 – Luke Wrice (Coledale, NSW) 13.20 heat total
Junior Womens Final 1 – Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW) 13.35 heat total 2 – Alysse Cooper (Queenscliff, NSW) 10.60 heat total
Junior Mens Semi Final
Semi 1 1 – Harley Ross-Webster (Curl Curl, NSW) 12.55 heat total 2 – Billy John Harrison (Barwon Heads, Vic) 10.65 heat total
Semi 2 1 – Luke Wrice (Coledale, NSW) 16.50 heat total 2 – Reef Heazlewood (Moffatt Beach, Qld) 10.60 heat total
Junior Womens Semi Final
Semi 1 1 – Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW) 10.40 heat total 2 – Kiara Meredith (Barrack Heights, NSW) 7.65 heat total
Semi 2 1 – Alysse Cooper (Queenscliff, NSW) 13.75 heat total 2 – Jaleesa Vincent (Coolum, Qld) 6.85 heat total
SUBWAY® SURF SERIES EVENT CALENDAR – 2015/16:
SUBWAY® PRO JUNIORS Gold Coast, QLD – January 19-20, 2016 Margaret River, WA – February 6, 2016 Avoca, NSW – February 13-14, 2016 Philip Island, VIC – March 5-6, 2016 Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – March 19-20, 2016 Wollongong, NSW – April 9-10, 2016 Cronulla, NSW – April 30 – 1st May, 2016